CAGS in Physical Education

Our graduate program in Physical Education attracts candidates interested in pursuing licensure to teach physical education, candidates who already hold licenses, and candidates who do not wish to be licensed. The program sequence includes coursework on educational theory, research design, curriculum design, adapted physical education, motor development, sociology of sport, and analysis of teaching. The program has two separate tracks: the licensure track and the non-licensure track.

Licensure track: The licensure track is for those who know they want to teach in public schools. Upon completion of the program, you will meet the requirements for an initial license to teach physical education at either the elementary or secondary level. Upon completion of additional credits, you may pursue dual licensure in Physical Education in both the elementary and secondary levels.

Incoming students are not required to hold an undergraduate degree in health or physical education. However, you are required to complete three science courses (anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, and exercise physiology) prior to graduation. Those who do not have this background will be required to enroll in a course sequence to acquire the background knowledge in physical education and teaching. We now offer all of the science classes in our program at the School of Education. Incoming students must hold a master’s degree or its international equivalent from an accredited university.

Licensure Track

Core Coursework (28–30 credits)

  • SED ED 500/501 Foundations of Educational Practices/Lab (6 cr)
  • SED PE 710 Sports Theory and History (4 cr)
  • SED RS 600 Introduction to Research (4 cr)
  • SED PE 508 Curriculum and Special Methods in P.E. (4 cr)
  • SED PE 506 Perceptual Motor Development (4 cr) or SED PE 519 Correctives and Adaptives in P.E. (2 cr)
  • SED PE 513 Pre-Practicum with the Tuesday-Thursday Program (4 cr)

Practicum (8 credits)

Students participate in a pre-practicum and a practicum experience. The practicum experience is a full semester of student teaching physical education in a public school with licensed supervising practitioner. Boston University enjoys longstanding relationships with many urban and suburban school systems in greater Boston. Students select one practicum experience from the options listed below.

  • SED PE 580 Elementary Licensure Practicum, PreK–8 (8 cr)
  • SED PE 582 Secondary Licensure Practicum, 5–12 (8 cr)

Comprehensive Examination

CAGS candidates must file a formal application for a departmental comprehensive examination with the department chair and faculty advisor. The examination must be completed successfully.

Non-Licensure Track

Core Coursework (12 credits)

  • SED PE 710 Sports Theory and History (4 cr)
  • SED PE 705 Analysis of Sports and Teaching (4 cr)
  • SED RS 600 Introduction to Research (4 cr)

Elective Coursework (20 credits)

Students complete elective courses for a total of 20 credits. The following courses are approved as elective courses. Students may take courses from the list below or other courses approved by the faculty.

  • SED PE 501 Methods of Coaching (4 cr)
  • SED PE 505 Foundations of Sports Science (2 cr)
  • SED PE 506 Perceptual Motor Development (4 cr)
  • SED PE 508 Curriculum and Special Methods in Physical Education (4 cr)
  • SED PE 513 Pre-Practicum with the Tuesday-Thursday Education Program (4 cr)
  • SED PE 515 Institute on Physical Fitness (4 cr)
  • SED PE 519 Correctives and Adaptives in Physical Education (2 cr)
  • SED PE 703 Management of Athletics and Physical Education (4 cr)
  • SED PE 720 Seminar in Kinesiology (2 cr)
  • SED HE 522 Community Health (4 cr)
  • SED HE 523 Applied Nutrition (4 cr)
  • SED HE 720 Selected Problems in Health Education (3 cr)
  • SED HE 722 Development of the Health Curriculum (4 cr)
  • SED HE 724 Sexuality, Culture, and Development (2 cr)
  • SED CT 524 Institute on Values in Physical Education and Sport (4 cr)

Comprehensive Examination

CAGS candidates must file a formal application for a departmental comprehensive examination with the department chair and faculty advisor. The examination must be completed successfully.